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Fall Butternut Squash Frittata

I can’t tell you how frequently I walk through the produce section of the grocery store at this time of year, and I day dream of a table full of sweet and savory selections made with the various squash and gourds on display. I will admit, though, that I’m not very brave when it comes to cooking with gourds and squashes.

This dish may be a bit safe (in that butternut squash isn’t a difficult food with which to work), but it’s layers of flavor are complex and delicious. There’s the sweetness from the squash, the tang from the balsamic, and the earthy savoriness from the spinach. I’m so excited to share this creation with you, and I hope you enjoy it for a weekend brunch or make-ahead for weekly breakfasts!

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Autumn Latkes

I love latkes but we don’t often think to make them because we don’t often have potatoes in our pantry. The fall weather makes me crave sweet potatoes, though, so I recently picked up a few at the grocery store. I don’t recall exactly what inspired this recipe. I’ve seen latke recipes with various ingredients beyond the potatoes—from other vegetables to cheeses. I chose to incorporate apples because I had them the house. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor: slightly sweet and tangy. We ate the whole batch in one sitting. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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Pumpkin Spice Banana Pancakes

With the autumn season finally feeling like autumn (cool, crisp mornings for the win!), I have started craving warm spices, pumpkin, cider, hot teas, and, admittedly, holiday treats. This past weekend, I experimented with a new breakfast treat that draws from the theme of pumpkin-spice-everything at this time of year.

You may be familiar with two-ingredient banana pancakes, and that was my starting point. These pumpkin spice banana pancakes are delicate like two-ingredient banana pancakes; but they are well worth the care they require. I would argue you can eat them anytime of day, without syrup, because the banana and pumpkin play beautifully off each other to satisfy your sweet tooth. We hope you enjoy them!

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Harvest Bake

It’s October and even though the weather is fluctuating between “normal” fall weather and summer temperatures, I have the autumn spirit. Our local grocery stores have all kinds of fall produce, from gourds and pumpkins to beets and turnips. I couldn’t resist the “pie pumpkins,” also known as sugar pumpkins. But I wanted to do something savory with them.

After perusing the fresh produce area, I decided to make a mash-up bake with a rainbow of vegetables along with uncooked chicken breast that we had leftover in the fridge from something else. It not only looks beautiful, it tastes good. The overall flavor is very earthy and savory, but the pumpkin and beets give a light sweetness while thyme adds a slightly bright note. We hope you enjoy it!

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Breakfast Taco Lettuce Wraps

Sometimes, I want breakfast for dinner. Other days, I want dinner for breakfast. Still others I want brunch (a.k.a. a silly but glorious excuse to eat pancakes, waffles, and other decadent dishes); and then there are the days when I just can’t decide. Let’s face it: our designations for what food we eat at various times of the day are somewhat arbitrary, based on years of tradition and societal norms that formed over time. I’m of the mind that, as long as it’s good food, you can eat it anytime of the day.

This quick and easy recipe comes out of my inability to decide between breakfast and dinner foods for dinner one night. I sort of wanted to eat eggs. I also kind of craved tacos. “Why not have both?” Brent asked. It’s ridiculously simply and fast to make, but we enjoyed it. We hope you will too!

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Easy Shrimp Stir Fry

Sometimes, we’re really organized and batch cook on Sunday for the whole week. Most weeks, though, we are lucky to get enough food cooked on the weekend to get us through Monday. The rest of the week is a bit of a scramble. So, if I want us to have dinner as a family, before Otto goes to bed, I need something super quick and easy.

This recipe is just that—and it’s also fairly economical. We love the bags of frozen vegetables at Costco (this week, we got the stir fry blend). The bags of raw, frozen shrimp are also much more affordable than buying shrimp fresh or even defrosted at the regular grocery store. The rest of this recipe consists of things we always have in the pantry.

I tossed it together tonight half hoping it would be good and that Otto would eat it, and half feeling fairly confident because “who screws up stir fry, right?”. Otto did enjoy it as did Brent and I. We hope you will, too!

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Macadamia and Curry Crusted Salmon

When wild-caught salmon is “in season” (read, available at Costco), it becomes a staple in our weekly meal rotation. We’ll buy it on Saturday or Sunday, cook it on Monday or Tuesday, and enjoy any leftovers later in the week. Most often, we bake the salmon with garlic, dill, and oil or ghee. It’s quick and easy, and always tasty.

Recently, though, I’ve wanted a break from our standard salmon meal. I was staring at our pantry, and felt inspired by the macadamia nuts. I have also been on a bit of a curry kick. So, I put the two together and I think it turned out rather well. We hope you will agree!

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